Cooking Theatre

The Cooking Theatre

Included with your entry ticket, you can enjoy free cooking demonstrations in the Cooking Theatre.

Don't miss the chance to see some of New Zealand's top culinary talent share their secrets on cooking fabulous meals at home.

Watch your favourite gastronomic stars step up to the plate, including Annabel Langbein, Simon Gault, Michael Van de Elzen, Annabelle White, Ray McVinnie, Nici Wickes and more, in the Cooking Theatre in Auckland.

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Thu

Thursday 27 July

ESSENTIAL Annabel Langbein
10:30am-11:15am

Bestselling cookbook author Annabel Langbein takes to the Food Show stage to share recipes, techniques and tips from her gorgeous new book ESSENTIAL Annabel Langbein. This timeless compendium of more than 650 recipes brings together many of Annabel’s personal favourite and most popular meal ideas from the past 20 years, plus plenty of on-trend new recipes, to create a lifetime of eating inspiration. Be inspired to try something new and empowered to make it your way!

Free

Good From Scratch
11:30am-12:15pm

TV personality and much-loved chef Michael Van de Elzen shares three delicious, healthy, and quick to prepare recipes from his ‘Good From Scratch’ brand: Birdie Num Num (or spice-inspired chicken salad), wicked yoghurt-marinated Angus skirt, and balsamic grapes with red wine sabayon.

Free

Whisky vs Beer - The Whisky Library and McLeods Brewery discuss
12:30pm-1pm

Discover what makes whisky wild and beer bounce in this interesting collaboration between two pioneering New Zealand companies, The Whisky Library and McLeods Brewery. Both are born of Scottish origins and are coming together to compare and contrast the various malt profiles of whiskey and beer.

Free

Viva Italia
1:30pm-2:15pm

Transplant your taste buds to Italy with these three delicious recipes from culinary legend Ray McVinnie: zuppa di prezzemolo (cream of parsley soup), mascarpone, rosé, and rhubarb trifles, and panfried lamb backstrap, a fresh take on an unusual cut of lamb.

Free

What’s in your breakfast sandwich?
2:45pm-3:45pm

What would your put in your best ever, most delicious, mouth-watering breakfast sandwich? Super funny "Cuddly Cook" Annabelle White and Brydon from Hellers will challenge visitors to get up on stage, rummage through The Food Show pantry and create a breakfast sammy better than theirs. Expect giggles, barrels of bacon, serious amounts of sauce and so much sourdough!

Free

Fri

Friday 28 July

ESSENTIAL Annabel Langbein
10:30am-11:15am

Bestselling cookbook author Annabel Langbein takes to the Food Show stage to share recipes, techniques and tips from her gorgeous new book ESSENTIAL Annabel Langbein. This timeless compendium of more than 650 recipes brings together many of Annabel’s personal favourite and most popular meal ideas from the past 20 years, plus plenty of on-trend new recipes, to create a lifetime of eating inspiration. Be inspired to try something new and empowered to make it your way!

Free

The Joy of Nose to Tail
11:30am-12:15pm

Jonny shares with you his passion for whole animal cookery taking you through the lesser know cuts of pork and offering you a number of new ways of cooking your favourites. Crunchy crackling, Perfect pork belly, dry cured bacon, pigs cheeks, pickled tongues & Jonny Pulled Pork.

Free

Live Simon Gault Cook-Off
12:45pm-2pm

Ever wondered what it would be like to compete in MasterChef? Here’s your chance to find out! 

Simon Gault is hosting a special new style of cooking demo at The Auckland Food Show – where you could get to do the cooking.

Here’s how it works:

1.     Simon will select four people from the audience to come on-stage and cook like their lives depended on it.

2.     Each participant will follow Simons instructions as he cooks the mystery box of ingredients.

3.     Simon will select a further four people to be their 'phone a friend' if the cooks get into trouble.

4.     A further four audience members will be selected to sit at the chef’s table, sip a glass of wine, and wait for the meals to arrive.

5.     Simon will be the judge, the winner gets a fabulous prize.

Free

What’s in your breakfast sandwich?
2:30pm-3:30pm

What would your put in your best ever, most delicious, mouth-watering breakfast sandwich? Super funny "Cuddly Cook" Annabelle White and Brydon from Hellers will challenge visitors to get up on stage, rummage through The Food Show pantry and create a breakfast sammy better than theirs. Expect giggles, barrels of bacon, serious amounts of sauce and so much sourdough!

Free

Sat

Saturday 29 July

ESSENTIAL Annabel Langbein
10:30am-11:15am

Bestselling cookbook author Annabel Langbein takes to the Food Show stage to share recipes, techniques and tips from her gorgeous new book ESSENTIAL Annabel Langbein. This timeless compendium of more than 650 recipes brings together many of Annabel’s personal favourite and most popular meal ideas from the past 20 years, plus plenty of on-trend new recipes, to create a lifetime of eating inspiration. Be inspired to try something new and empowered to make it your way!

Free

Good From Scratch
11:30am-12:15pm

TV personality and much-loved chef Michael Van de Elzen shares three delicious, healthy, and quick to prepare recipes from his ‘Good From Scratch’ brand: Birdie Num Num (or spice-inspired chicken salad), wicked yoghurt-marinated Angus skirt, and balsamic grapes with red wine sabayon.

Free

Taste of New Caledonia
12:30pm-1:15pm

Discover the unique flavours of New Caledonia in a demonstration by fabulous French chef Nicolas Bourgois who will preparing stacked New Caledonia prawns with a black sesame crisp, followed by a light and elegant snapper ceviche and a surprise banana dessert.

Free

The sweet things in life! Presented by New Zealand Woman's Weekly
1:30pm-2:15pm

Join New Zealand Woman’s Weekly food editor Nici Wickes for a deliciously entertaining cooking session where she whips up her easy versions of an old classics – soufflé with warm pears and butterscotch sauce  - as well as a simple yet stunningly tasty seasonal fruit tart and for the chocoholics, there’ll be something irresistible for you to try too – a 5-minute chocolate pistachio slab. 

Free

Live Simon Gault Cook-Off
2:45pm-4pm

Ever wondered what it would be like to compete in MasterChef? Here’s your chance to find out! 

Simon Gault is hosting a special new style of cooking demo at The Auckland Food Show – where you could get to do the cooking.

Here’s how it works:

1.     Simon will select four people from the audience to come on-stage and cook like their lives depended on it.

2.     Each participant will follow Simons instructions as he cooks the mystery box of ingredients.

3.     Simon will select a further four people to be their 'phone a friend' if the cooks get into trouble.

4.     A further four audience members will be selected to sit at the chef’s table, sip a glass of wine, and wait for the meals to arrive.

5.     Simon will be the judge, the winner gets a fabulous prize.

Free

Sun

Sunday 30 July

ESSENTIAL Annabel Langbein
10:30am-11:15am

Bestselling cookbook author Annabel Langbein takes to the Food Show stage to share recipes, techniques and tips from her gorgeous new book ESSENTIAL Annabel Langbein. This timeless compendium of more than 650 recipes brings together many of Annabel’s personal favourite and most popular meal ideas from the past 20 years, plus plenty of on-trend new recipes, to create a lifetime of eating inspiration. Be inspired to try something new and empowered to make it your way!

Free

Viva Italia
11:30am-12:15pm

Transplant your taste buds to Italy with these three delicious recipes from culinary legend Ray McVinnie: zuppa di prezzemolo (cream of parsley soup), mascarpone, rosé, and rhubarb trifles, and panfried lamb backstrap, a fresh take on an unusual cut of lamb.

Free

Whisky vs Beer - The Whisky Library and McLeods Brewery discuss
12:30pm-1pm

Discover what makes whisky wild and beer bounce in this interesting collaboration between two pioneering New Zealand companies, The Whisky Library and McLeods Brewery. Both are born of Scottish origins and are coming together to compare and contrast the various malt profiles of whiskey and beer.

Free

Taste of New Caledonia
1:15pm-2pm

Discover the unique flavours of New Caledonia in a demonstration by fabulous French chef Nicolas Bourgois who will preparing stacked New Caledonia prawns with a black sesame crisp, followed by a light and elegant snapper ceviche and a surprise banana dessert.

Free

Live Simon Gault Cook-Off
2:30pm-3:45pm

Ever wondered what it would be like to compete in MasterChef? Here’s your chance to find out! 

Simon Gault is hosting a special new style of cooking demo at The Auckland Food Show – where you could get to do the cooking.

Here’s how it works:

1.     Simon will select four people from the audience to come on-stage and cook like their lives depended on it.

2.     Each participant will follow Simons instructions as he cooks the mystery box of ingredients.

3.     Simon will select a further four people to be their 'phone a friend' if the cooks get into trouble.

4.     A further four audience members will be selected to sit at the chef’s table, sip a glass of wine, and wait for the meals to arrive.

5.     Simon will be the judge, the winner gets a fabulous prize.

Free